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The ED functions with approximately 140 Registered Nurses (RNs) and 14 Hospital Aides. The other staff are:
This department is one of the busiest in Australasia and is a very exciting, rewarding and supportive environment to work in. The staff find their work both challenging and rewarding, and many return after undertaking their overseas experiences.
Previous emergency nursing experience is not necessarily essential and we provide a course in emergency nursing designed specifically for nurses without ED experience. All new staff undertake an orientation programme that can be tailored to previous experiences. We support nurses with education tailored to their needs. This includes a partnership with the Ara Institute of Canterbury to provide a graduate certificate in emergency nursing, the national triage course in partnership with the College of Emergency Nurses NZ, and courses including: CORE resuscitation, ENPC (paeds), TNCC (trauma), EMSB (burns) and PROMPT (maternity) courses in partnership with the Australian College of Emergency Nursing. More information is available.
With the department experiencing increasing demand there are many opportunities for RNs to extend their current skills, and work in a semi-autonomous fashion. The department is committed to pushing the boundaries of emergency nursing, with an end goal of nurse-led patient management for a number of presentations. To support this we have various nurse initiated drug protocols, x-rays and direct nurse referrals to other clinical areas. Teamwork with medical and allied health staff is the backbone of any ED and is no different here in Christchurch. Nursing staff receive great support from their colleagues of all disciplines.
The nursing roster is compiled by a full-time Roster Coordinator and is overseen by the Roster Governance Group. This group is made up of the Nurse Manager, ACNM with the roster portfolio, Roster Coordinator and representatives from the registered nurses and hospital aides within the department.
All nurses within the department work a mixture of 8 and 10 hour shifts. The nursing roster is made up of two components:
The rolling roster is a six week rotating cycle of 8 and 10 hour shifts and this is allocated to all RN's in the department with an FTE of 0.625 and above. The shift indicator tool roster is allocated to all RN's with an FTE of below 0.625 and is based upon the shifts available on the roster from the rolling roster. Registered nurses on the shift indicator tool roster are sent through the shifts that will be available for the upcoming weeks of roster approximately 9 weeks in advance and indicate their availability for these shifts through a survey tool on Google Drive.
The roster is explained in further detail to all nurses when they commence employment within the department and during the ED Orientation Days which are held multiple times a year to accommodate the differing dates of staff employment.
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Emily Fielder BHSc; PGCert HealSci (Endorsed Emergency Nursing); RCompNInterests:
Tracey Williams PGCert HealSci (Endorsed Emergency Nursing); RGON
Paddy Holbrook MSc Nursing; RGON
Morag Lawson BSc(Hons) neuroscience; DipHE Nursing; PGDip Health Sciences (endorsed in acute nursing); RN
Leona Robertson M Heal Sci (Clinical); PG Cert Clinical Teaching; PG Cert Emergency Nursing; RGON
Tamsin Attenburrow PGDip (HealSci) candidate; RN
Donna Brown PGDip (HealSci) candidate; RN
Polly Grainger PhD Candidate; MN (Clinical); DipHE Nursing (adult); RCompN;
Dr Sandra Richardson PhD; Dip Soc Sci; PGDip Heal Sci; BA; RGON;
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